Where We Get Our Facts

2.1 billion people around the world don't have access to safely managed water

Source: WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme

4.5 billion people around the world don’t have access to safely managed sanitation

Source: WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme

In sub-Saharan Africa, women spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water.

Source: United Nations

3.4 million people die each year from water-related diseases

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

Over 840,000 diarrheal deaths occur each year

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

Equal participation of men and women during all steps of development of community water and sanitation programs (planning, operations and maintenance) leads to greater levels of sustainable services.

Source: World Bank

Over 450,000 children died last year from water-related diseases

Source: UNICEF

Women and girls often spend up to six hours per day collecting water

Source: United Nations Water

Cumulatively, Women and girls without toilets lose 250 million hours a day looking for a place to go

Source: WaterAid, with original calculations from WHO/UNICEF (2012), Hutton 2012 & European Union Labour Force Survey (2011).

In Tanzania, school attendance increased 12% when water was available within 15 minutes of a home compared to more than 30 minutes away.

Source: UNICEF

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